Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Specifying a Table of Contents Entry.

Specifying a Table of Contents Entry

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 4, 2018)

If you are creating a regular table of contents from headings within the document, you don't need the information in this tip. Instead, you should refer to the TOC tips provided in other issues of WordTips. If you are creating a specialized TOC, however, then you will need the information in this tip. Examples of a specialized TOC would be a table of figures, illustrations, or tables. To create these types of TOCs, you must follow these two basic steps:

  1. Specify what you want in the TOC.
  2. Generate the TOC.

The first step is done by the following these steps; the second is covered in the next tip.

  1. Position the insertion point immediately after the text you want included in the TOC.
  2. Press Ctrl+F9 to insert a set of field braces. Make sure the insertion point stays between the braces.
  3. Type tc, followed by the TOC entry within quotes. Thus, if you want the entry to be "North American Mammals", enter tc "North American Mammals" between the field braces.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each TOC entry you want to define.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12659) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Specifying a Table of Contents Entry.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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